Fleshy lusts war against the soul, serving to draw us away from the good and godly.
“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;”
The wiles of sin charm the deceived victim with the expectation to taste the sweetness of the honeycomb and to experience the pleasures of carnal promises. The fallen child is soon to learn that the beginning of sin is never so sweet as the end is bitter. The facade of sin crumbles away leaving the endangered son facing a two-edged sword and a path leading down to death and hell. The season of pleasure is soon over; mirth turns to mourning and strength and honor surrendered to the stranger.
Our escape from such a calamity is not to rely on our own abilities. Charles Bridges writes, “Man’s own strength, the restraint of education or self-discipline, is powerless, as the green with to bind the giant. (Judges 16:9) Engrafted wisdom is the only effectual safeguard.” The son is instructed to “attend unto my wisdom”, it is the influence of the Heavenly that gives the child of God the required discretions to protect the soul.